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Province unveils Holodomor statue

REGINA – A statue that will serve as a reminder of the Holodomor (a man-made famine that devastated Ukraine during the early 1930s) was unveiled on the Saskatchewan Legislative grounds on Tuesday morning.

The statue of a young peasant girl collecting a wheat sheaf is designed to reflect on the devastation of the famine and its impact on children.

The bronze statue is located near Lakeshore Drive and Avenue B in the Wascana Centre.

“This new addition to the Saskatchewan Legislative Building precinct will foster greater awareness of the Holodomor and provide a permanent place in our province for everyone to reflect upon the terrible tragedy,” Deputy Premier Ken Krawetz said.

“It will honour the memory of those who perished and the legacy of those who survived, including many who found refuge in Saskatchewan.”

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Holodomor claimed the lives of an estimated 7-10 million people from 1932 to 1933 and is regarded by historians as a deliberate campaign of terror that was orchestrated by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.

Currently in Saskatchewan more than 130,000 people identify as having Ukrainian ancestry.

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